A field assistant is needed for an ongoing study of the primate microbiome in Western Uganda.  The goal of the project is to investigate primate host and environmental microbial diversity.  Field assistants will be responsible for standardized collection of fecal samples and metadata.


  • Background (at a Bachelor’s or Master’s level) in animal biology/microbiology/zoology/biological anthropology or a related field
  • Interest in primate behavior, ecology, health, and/or conservation
  • Collaborative, interested in and respectful of other cultures, with excellent communication skills
  • Must be reliable, able to pay close attention to detail, and take and give direction well
  • Previous field experience is a plus
  • Adaptable to challenges associated with field work
  • Knowledge of primate behavior and data collection is helpful but not required
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the tropical rainforest


-A $350 monthly stipend will be given to help cover costs of living.

Support (travel, meals, lodging):

-Housing will be provided.

-Flight reimbursement is contingent on completion of 12 month commitment.

-Assistant will be responsible for their meals. Markets are accessible with a mix of local and western items.

Term of Appointment:

Minimum 12 months

Application Deadline:

This position is open immediately until filled. Anticipated start date: February 2018.

Contact Information:

Rebecca Stumpf

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Send CV/Resume with a cover letter to:  [email protected]